Rock Physicist

Science & Technology,
National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton


£28,200 - £32,130
Fixed Term (2 years)

About the role:

We are seeking a Rock Physicist to conduct experimental studies in the area of geological CO2 storage and to support marine geophysics research. You will join an active rock physics research team of four staff and three PhD students seeking to understand fundamental fluid flow processes in the sub-seafloor and how they may be detected and monitored using remote geophysical sensing, including both seismic and electrical methods.

You will divide your time between two funded research projects:
           NERC CHIMNEY project
           EU STEMM-CCS project
You will work with senior staff to develop and deliver experimental programmes using state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation developed in house, including the Greenhouse Gas Acoustic Pulse Tube facility (1 - 10 kHz sediment core measurements). You will be required to analyse, interpret and write up the results in the form of science journal publications. You will have opportunities to present the results at international conferences and to contribute to the wider activities of the Geophysics Team.

The role is based within the Geophysics team of the Marine Geoscience research group.

About you:
You will be an expert in rock physics experimental studies with experience of elastic wave measurements on geological materials. You will have expertise in all or some of the following: laboratory seismo-acoustic data acquisition, processing and interpretation and other geophysical methods such as electrical resistivity. Expertise in rock physics theory and interpretation is highly desirable, as is experience of marine seismic studies.

About us:
The Marine Geoscience Group undertakes multi-disciplinary studies of seafloor and sub-seafloor processes throughout the world's oceans, from the coast to the deep sea. The group comprises about 20 staff, with an equivalent number of PhD students, most of whom are jointly supervised by academics in the co-located school of Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton.

The group has a leading international reputation for research excellence based on observational science combined with technical innovation. We have significant expertise in sub-seafloor fluid flow rock physics and geochemistry, seafloor clastic sedimentology, geohazards and habitat mapping.

We conduct strategically important science aimed at addressing major societal and environmental issues relating to the seafloor. Current topics include sustainable use of seafloor natural resources (hydrocarbons, hydrates, deep-sea minerals, geological CO2 storage and marine habitats) and living with natural hazards (sediment flow risks to seafloor infrastructure, geotechnical assessment, drilling hazards, landslides and tsunamis).

How to apply:
Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000

Closing date: 29th April 2018

published: 27 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.